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Feb 7, 2013 8:00am PST
is not so easy for a lot of people. in fact, back at city college when we used to hire teachers, we would have students come in and so let the teachers perform and do a 10-minute gig on the blackboard. and we'd always have a student ask the following question 'cause we wanted to ask a question, which sounded very easy but wasn't. like if you ask the teacher like, "what's the wavelength of the--line with a hydrogen transition?" he could say, "oh, i see, it's a trick." and he say, "oh, i don't know the answer to that, but i'll look it up and i'll tell you next time," 'cause that's a kind of question you know-- we're not supposed to know the answer to, right? but we wanted to ask the prospective instructors a question for which they thought they ought to know the answer, like an easy question. and we found a very, very easy question that not many people could answer. and the reason they couldn't answer is 'cause they didn't have the framework that you guys have right now. and it's this: first of all, we didn't word the question very nicely. we'd have the students say, "hey, when i take an ob
Feb 20, 2013 8:00am PST
't it? but the musicians are trained to read that pattern. and then you get out of the city and you go up a country at nighttime and you're looking out a night when there's new moon, huh? the moon's on the other side and you look out and you see the milky way and you see all the stars and you see more stars than you can see when you're in the city. that's because the city lights, of course, light up the sky and the sky is reflecting light and only the brightest stars will show through, huh? but in the country, you see many, many, many. and sometimes you also are moved. you get that sort of emotional... all of a sudden you're connected, all of a sudden-- and you're not quite connected and you start to wonder and you wonder what is going on out there and then you realize there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. honey, a lot of grains of sand, more stars. not in your visible view, but out beyond. and you wonder is there a pattern that dictates what those stars are doing, why they shine, how they move, how they relate to one another? an
Feb 6, 2013 8:00am PST
city, all you got to do is take a helicopter, just go up and wait three hours and come back down again, okay? what's wrong with that? that helicopter doesn't go up and just stay there. that helicopter is moving just as fast as the earth, and so it just keeps moving around like that, you see? so you're riding an airplane. you've been in an airplane? you flip a coin. when you flip a coin, do you have to adjust for the motion of the plane? let's suppose you're going this way 600 miles an hour. i'm like, "man, if i flip that coin, boom, "that coin gonna go bam, 600 miles an hour against the passenger in the back seat." - that happen? - no. why doesn't it happen? what if you were on a plane and someone says, "hey, how come, man? i flipped a coin, flipped it, come right back down." it's not that--i know i'm going 600 miles an hour. when i flipped it--in fact, you ever be in an airplane, you see a fly come by? man, that fly going 600 miles an hour... [laughter] ...with respect to the ground down below, isn't that true? but how about the coin flip? how come when you flip the coin it doesn't go
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